Press statement from David Lloyd Clubs

The safety and security of our members is our number one priority, and we would like to express our deepest and most sincere apologies to Blakeney and his family for the distress caused.

Families lie at the heart of David Lloyd Clubs and we strive to offer industry-leading standards of childcare and family activities. We have accepted full responsibility for this incident which happened nearly four years’ ago when the company was under a different ownership. It was an unacceptable breach of our child safety policies and we want to reassure everyone that we have taken stringent measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

Following our investigation, we have extensively reviewed our safety policies to ensure the well-being of children in our clubs continues to be safe-guarded at all times.  Those policies are embedded into the training that all team members working with children undergo, and we take firm and immediate action if any of the processes are not adhered to.

We can confirm that the team members supervising the session are no longer with the business.  The ‘Aqua Splash’ swim activity has also since been replaced by our DL Kids Swim programme (also ASA endorsed) which we believe offers greater benefit to youngsters.

David Lloyd Clubs has over 476,000 members and teaches over 20,000 children to swim every week. We would like to reassure our members that incidents of this nature are extremely rare.